DBSA and Smoking Cessation Leadership Center Partner to Reduce the Burden of Tobacco Use

A Smoking and Mental Health Survey was conducted by DBSA with support from the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). This groundbreaking survey examined tobacco use, quit attempts, tobacco-related attitudes and intentions among individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder who smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime.

Judith J. Prochaska, Ph.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor in Residence, Department of Psychiatry, UCSF, published and disseminated the study, which was initiated with DBSA leadership. Allen Doederlein, DBSA President, remarks on the partnership, "We at the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance appreciate the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center's interest and investment in smoking cessation research and education among the significant percentage of smokers who live with mood disorders. We are immensely proud to have been part of this study, article, and area of work."

Read more about the study and survey in “An online survey of tobacco use, intentions to quit, and cessation strategies among people living with bipolar disorder,” published in Bipolar Disorders, An International Journal of Psychiatry and Neurosciences.

Contributors to the project include Prochaska; Reason S. Reyes, MPA, Director of Technical Assistance, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center; Steven A. Schroeder, MD, Distinguished Professor of Health and Health Care, Department of Medicine, Director Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, UCSF; Doederlein; Allen S. Daniels, Ed.D, Special Consultant and Immediate past Executive Vice President and Director of Scientific Affairs, DBSA; and Brenda Bergeson MD, Family Medical Associates, Itasca, IL, past Director of Scientific Affairs, DBSA.